Integrated Health Sciences

Metal Contamination of Traditional Foods, Water and Domestic Animals on Navajo Nation

The basics of this study are related to the geologic profile of the western United States, which has elevated levels of arsenic and uranium in the soil which contaminate the groundwater. The root cause of the heavy metels have to do with the sandstone and limestone bedrock which is typical of the Colorado Plateau.

Tree Rings as a Technique for Analysis of Environmental Contaminates

This year, Dr. Paul Sheppard (professor of dendrochemistry) and Melissa Furlong (postdoc in environmental health sciences) received funding for a pilot proposal. The primary aims involve collecting tree cores near EPA air monitors and evaluating how closely annual metals concentrations in the tree rings predicted the gold standard of annual EPA monitored ambient metals concentrations.

El Trabajo no te Deber Dañar: Your work shouldn’t hurt you

The goal of this study is to formally evaluate if a community health worker intervention can effectively reduce workplace exposures in marginalized small businesses to hazardous chemicals. Through face-to-face encounters, this study will increase the capacity of workers with limited education, literacy & computer skills to understand workplace hazards and effective control options to reduce exposures and prevent occupational disease.

Project Consult: The IHS Pathway to Project Support

Investigators requesting SWEHSC-subsidized IHS support, or general consultation for a proposed translational project, are asked to complete an online Project Assistance Form. Support requests are discussed at the weekly SWEHSC management meeting of the IHS Co-Directors, and are evaluated on established criteria.

Projects approved for subsidized assistance will proceed through a structured path called "Project Consult."


Who and what can be supported by the IHS? 

The IHS consists of a group of scientists with substantial experience in the many areas of translational research.  Their contact information is included throughout this website.  Anyone is welcome to use this website to contact IHS members regarding questions, potential projects, collaborations.



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